The Oldie Literary Lunches have become a venerable institution on the London literary scene since they were first launched in 1996. Held monthly at Simpson's-in-the-Strand, the lunches feature three speakers who each address the audience for ten minutes. A delicious three-course lunch with wine accompanies the talks.
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Tickets cost £62
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FORTHCOMING OLDIE LITERARY LUNCHES
MAY 20th - SOLD OUT
From left to right: Mary Beard, Mary Berry and Simon Jenkins
Mary Beard Confronting the Classics. Professor Beard’s Confronting the Classics proves that the classics are alive and kicking and well worth studying. ‘Witty and erudite’ – Sunday Times
Mary Berry Recipe For Life. This year’s Oldie of the Year and one of the nation’s best-loved cookery writers and presenters will talk about her passion for food that became her life’s work.
Simon Jenkins England’s 100 Best Views. Guardian journalist and best-selling writer Simon Jenkins will transport Oldie readers to some of England’s most sublime scenery.
JUNE 24th - TICKETS AVAILABLE
From left to right: Ben Macintyre, John Banville and Tristram Hunt
Tristram Hunt Ten Cities That Made An Empire. The Shadow Education Secretary will talk about the lives and structures of the cities which shaped the British Empire.
John Banville The Infinities. The booker prize-winner's novel The Infinities is set in Ireland in a house called Arden. It's main characters are two Adams: one old and dying and the other young but ineffectual.
Ben Macintyre A Spy Among Friends. Times columnist and Associate Editor Ben Macintyre’s latest book tells the true, untold story of Kim Philby, Soviet mole and one of Britain’s most notorious defectors. Philby’s closest friends, Nicholas Elliott of MI6 and the CIA chief James Jesus Angleton, thought they knew Philby better than anyone but discovered they didn’t know him at all. ‘Arguably his most ambitious account yet: a penetrating portrait of the double agent Kim Philby...’ – Daily Telegraph
JULY 22nd - TICKETS AVAILABLE
From left to right: Irma Kurtz, John Carey and James Naughtie
Irma Kurtz, author of My Life in Agony, has been Cosmopolitan’s Agony Aunt for the last forty years. She’s dealt with the intimate problems of successive generations of readers and so has to keep up with the changing attitudes in British and American society. Her memoir looks at the transformation of problems and maps them onto the ever-changing world from which they arise.
John Carey The Unexpected Professor. John Carey, English professor at Oxford, controversial commentator, book critic and beekeeper, reflects on a life immersed in literature. He describes the events that formed him – an escape from the London Blitz to an idyllic rural village, army service in Egypt, an open scholarship to Oxford in the 1950s and an academic career that saw him elected, in his early forties, to Oxford’s oldest English Literature chair.
James Naughtie The Madness of July. Today’s Jim Naughtie will talk about his political thriller set in the Cold War. It draws on Naughtie’s experience as a political insider in Westminster and Washington. ‘Good writing, vivid scene-setting and knowledgeable descriptions from an insider at ease in the corridors of power’ – Literary Review
AUGUST 19th – TICKETS AVAILABLE
From left to right: Ronald Blythe and Jonathan Meades
Ronald Blythe A Time by the Sea: Aldeburgh 1955-1958. One of Britain’s most celebrated rural writers and author of the acclaimed Akenfield will talk about his book his memoir A Time by the Sea.
'This delightful memoir is something special ... a small masterpiece ... beautifully written and full of memorable insights into an extraordinary place at a unique time'.
Richard Morrison The Times
Jonathan Meades An Encyclopedia of Myself. Jonathan Meades is a writer, journalist, essayist and film-maker. His latest book is a petit-point memoir that looks at the 1950s as a polychromatic time full of diverse characters. With God and the Cold War as the backdrop, Meades explores this period through the eyes of his intensely curious child-self.
FINAL SPEAKER TO BE CONFIRMED.
SEPTEMBER 9th - TICKETS AVAILABLE
Emma Bridgewater Toast and Marmalade. Since establishing her pottery business 28 years ago, Emma’s distinctive kitchenware has found its way onto the dressers, shelves and kitchen tables of homes all over Britain and beyond. Her pottery is manufactured in Britain in her Staffordshire factory that now employs over 200 people. Toast & Marmalade tells the personal stories behind Emma’s designs, many of them derived from childhood. Her mother’s welcoming kitchen, a dresser laden with mismatched china and nights spent camping in the apple orchard under a starry sky.
TWO FURTHER SPEAKERS TO BE CONFIRMED